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Weapons of Choice

Axis of Time, Book 1
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Series: Axis of Time, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
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The impossible has spawned the unthinkable. In 2021, a quantum military experiment goes horrifically wrong. A multinational taskforce of ultra-modern warships is suddenly transported back in time to 1942...right into the path of the U.S. naval battle group bound for Midway Atoll.

History is rewritten in an instant as the future smashes into the past, and high-tech hardware goes head to head with World War Two technology. In the chaos that ensues, thousands are killed, but the maelstrom has only just begun. The veterans of Pearl Harbor have never seen a helicopter, or a cruise missile - let alone nanotechnology, ceramic bullets, and F22 Raptor stealth jetfighters.

Allied and Axis forces are then caught in a desperate struggle to gain the upper hand - each hoping to tip the balance with a fist full of 21st-century firepower. What happens next is anybody's guess - and everybody's nightmare.

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The story line is a political stretch

What was most disappointing about John Birmingham’s story?

The story keeps digging into politics. I don't think the author understands American politics. I can handle the worm hole story in the plot but too unbelievable was an aircraft carrier named after Hillary Clinton and a flag officer stating that the military loved Hillary Clinton. The author keeps banging a drumb about race relations, that in 2021 magically all of the race issues that the U.S. Struggles with are resolved. If the author had brought his political and race agenda up only a dozen times per chapter, I might have been able to continue with the book. The politics just destroyed the book for me. Bottom line, a worm hole to the past is far more believable than the authors vision of American politics and Americas racial problems.

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  • HessR
  • Orlando, FL, US
  • 04-10-17

Interesting concept, poor final product

I wanted to like this book but I can't get past the representation that everyone from 1942 is a vicious, hateful racist and sexist. I'm sure there were plenty who were, but it gets in the way of the interesting concept of "what if?". Every single character from 1942 is predictably militantly and violently bigoted.

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Save Yourself

I finished this book, just so I could write a review, my first. This book sucks. It takes a great idea, and much like Chunk from the Goonies, fumbles it and watches it shatter on the floor. That characters, of which there are legion, are completely unforgettable. None of them stand out in any way from the rest. It's like getting a box of crayons and seeing they're all beige. The plot ping pongs around, only to setup shop in the most desolate of entertainment ghettos. Please, save yourself, and skip this lame book.

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Could not even finish it

Nice try. The concept was very similar to the final countdown, but the author went ahead and ruined the story by adding in all his left leaning social and political opinions, which turns me off. I dont think every white person fighting in world war 2 was a biggoted narrow minded racist, or all sounded like goober from the andy griffith show. Its a shame, as it could have been a good book.

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don't waste your time..

What was most disappointing about John Birmingham’s story?

This book is not a military / sci fi novel it is almost exclusively a worthless treatise on political correctness. If you don't have the same liberal opinion as the author he will obviously just consider you a racist / sexist idiot. Very sad the story could have been great. I listened to the first two parts and didn't even finish the third. Taylor Anderson or John Ringo he is NOT!

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

very good performance

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Weapons of Choice?

All scenes that try to reflect so negatively on our greatest generation.

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  • Jesse
  • Creston, NC USA
  • 03-19-09

Excellent Alternate History

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and rank the storytelling right up there with Jack Campbell's "Lost Fleet Series" in the intensity of the action and portrayal of characters.

There may be too much gratuitous sex sprinkled throughout though. I really don't need to know about Beria getting ready to masturbate to pornography while talking to Stalin (book 3). And way too much with Slim Jim.

Worth the credits.


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Great premise, poor execution

Premise had all kinds of potential, but the author was never able to deliver. Dialogue between characters made me cringe, their actions and choices were almost as bad, and the events in the story too far-fetched to accept (outside the time/dimension travel). I'm usually not this critical, but I'm really disappointed with this book. It should have been better!

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  • Keith
  • Grovetown, GA, United States
  • 03-26-15

You Lost Me at USS Hillary Clinton

Would you try another book from John Birmingham and/or Jay Snyder?

Nope.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Head shaker.

Any additional comments?

I couldn't finish this book. Birmingham is trying so hard to be like Clancy that it was just too much. Besides that, we run across a ship named "USS Hillary Clinton" very early in the book. No thanks. You only name ships in honor of something(person, place, event). It's insulting to say the least especially her attitude towards the Benghazi killings. There is nothing honorable about the Clintons, especially Hillary. Seven to eight years after the book is published, her true colors are revealed. I may try again someday, but this one just isn't for me.

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Great... addicted to another loooooong series!

Oh no I am once again addicted to a long series about military time travel/alternative universe! I am as hooked on this one as I was at first with ‘Destroyermen’ by Taylor Anderson. This is something I am not happy with because the ‘Destroyermen’ series is not yet complete or available yet! I swear if this series leaves me hanging as well I will go crazy!

I loved this first book. It was well written, had plenty of characters, created just enough tension, and involved enough history and modern day problems to help you feel the drama of the story.

This book screams for a multiple narrators to help with the different characters. But none the less I didn’t mind the narration. The speed was easily increased which decreased the length of listening time. However, even if you watch your listening credit per hour ratio (like I do as I am a cheap skate) this title still gives you a lot of listening time. The problem is you won’t be able to put it down and it will be over before you know it!

I brought this one without checking the reviews or even reading the blurb about. I didn’t even know it was a series, and to be honest as I was listening to it and getting closer to the end I was wondering how is this going to finish? The closer I got to the end the more I became certain it was going to be a series. The more I became certain of this the more I became worried that it will just continue on and on like ‘Destroyermen’. However, if the rest in the series are as good as this one I won’t complain!

I don’t think this book is meant to be a thought provoking blow your mind type deal. It is simply great value for money to entertain. I will certainly be buying the next in the series.

Two thumbs up from me!

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  • Nelson
  • 873 Idlwild dr. Madison TN. 37115
  • 01-20-11

Superb!

This is a great read and Jay Snyder does a wonderful job of it. Wow, what a Tom Clancy type action tech thriller. I can't put it down and can't wait to read the next one. A terrific science fiction time twister indeed. Fabulous!

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